The Japan Science Society (JSS) was established in 1924 consisting of about 200 Japanese scientists to collaborate and spread scientific knowledge. The JSS then diversified its activities to include publication in order to promote science until it was halted by World War II. In 1975, the JSS resumed operations with support from the Nippon Foundation.
The JSS currently seeks to develop young scientists, continue to spread general scientific knowledge which it has done since its foundation, and encourage international exchanges.
1) Regarding personnel development, the JSS has given financial assistance to young scientists for scientific research for more than a quarter of a century. So far, more than 8,000 people have been supported and over 5 billion yen has been granted.
2) Regarding spreading scientific knowledge, a database of science experiments for elementary and junior high school students is published on the web. The JSS also develops experimental devices which children can actually touch and use at museums and takes them on exhibition tours.
3) Regarding international exchange activities, the JSS donates about 150,000 used Japanese books annually to colleges in China. More than 3 million books have been donated so far. It also holds events for young Chinese people to promote exchanges between young people in Japan and China, such as knowledge competitions and writing contests about Japan.
By contributing to the promotion of science and the development of science education in Japan, the JSS hopes that science and technology will give something back to society for a better future.